So far, so good

so, no — bundles have not started to clog up the mail room here.  I expect that will start later this week.  We have a crack team of marsupial standing by, to move them all to the new IBOL Transcontinental Processing Facility (ITPF) here in Baghdad.  I’ve got my camera battery charged and I’m just waiting.

I have, though, been out and about some.  And trying to do some good.  Yesterday, I dragged with me (anything but kicking and screaming) one of our lieutenants, an Air Force one at that.  She hadn’t left our base since she got here.  Got her into a Rhino for a ride to downtown Baghdad, to the International Zone.  Got her out around the IZ, even to the crossed sabres that have been in the press lately, and even over to one of the places for a tour.  And when all we done, I managed to get us onto a Blackhawk for a ride back to our HQ — another first for her.  Of course, she had to have ice cream after dinner, since it was THE BEST DAY EVER (her quote, not mine).  So, yes — I’m trying to do good, while waiting for the boxes to arrive.

Here’s me and one of my guys, at the palace.

Here we are in the helicopter — check out that smile. I even managed to get her a window seat — she spent the ride staring out and taking photos.

Right now, folks have told me of about 35+ bundles that are already in the mail, but also that another 100+ will be getting into the mail.  I know there are some guild meetings coming up to which folks have said they are taking the flier, so I think — so far, so good.


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14 Responses to “So far, so good”

  1. Maryann McEvoy Says:

    I hope to mail my bundle by Friday, Feb. 11th.
    Stay safe. Maryann

  2. diane phillips Says:

    just spreading the word

  3. Barbara Waldrip Says:

    Hi,I put 3 bundles in the mail today.
    The sun is out and the snow is slowly melting.

  4. Jeanne Massingill Says:

    Please let me know the address so I can send bundles. I’ll gladly share some of my stash.

    Thank you and stay safe.

  5. Katharine Says:

    Hi , Please send me the mailing address, would love to put a bundle together.

  6. Deb Says:

    I can make up a bundle for knitting types. Please send address and it will be in the mail this week.
    Stay safe, Deb

  7. mary Says:

    Whoops, I had thought that I commented somewhere but I didn’t hear back with the address. If you are still looking for boxes, I probably have a couple laying around here. Send me the address please and I can get them out by Thursday. What a fantastic program!

  8. andrea johnson Says:

    4 boxes in the mail Thursday – 2 are fabric, 2 are yarn. thanks for doing this again.

  9. Jeanne Massingill Says:

    I thought that I commented somewhere but I haven’t heard back with the address. Please send me the address and I’ll get some things sent right away. This is one great program.

  10. Kate Says:

    I just got my boxes today, and am starting to build the bundles – got to squish that yard down so it can hardly breathe so i can get the most in the box – it will probably jump out when opened!

  11. Sue B Says:

    Just wandered by to let you know that this blog showed up in the comments area of the Yarn Harlot’s blog. Get ready for the tide to rise. You may want to do a quick post for those who are doing a quick stop by about what you are doing with knitting in Iraq. Good luck, Sue

    • IBOL Guy Says:

      Oh, that could spell trouble! I wrote a short post to cover just that. (IBOL was also in a magazine recently, but it’s not that big a deal — my fraternity did a one-page spread on it).

  12. The Slapdash Sewist Says:

    So glad it’s going well! I left a comment on the announcement post but don’t yet have the mailing address and info. I know you have other things on your mind (to say the least….) but would love to get it when you have a chance. Thanks!

  13. Melanie Says:

    Glad all’s going well! Please send me the address when you get a chance. Bundle 1 is complete, except addy & customs form) and bundle 2 should be ready this afternoon. I might just be able to have 3 put together by tomorrow’s post office run! Thanks!

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